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Oral carriage of staphylococci in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Objective. To determine the prevalence of oral staphylococcal carriage in patients with rheumatoid arthritis compared with healthy controls. Methods. Fifty healthy adults, 25 healthy elderly volunteers and 25 patients with rheumatoid arthritis were studied. An oral rinse, tongue swab and nasal swab were collected for culture on blood agar and a range of selective agars. Isolates of staphylococci were identified and antibiotic sensitivity profiles determined by standard methods. Results.doi:10.1093/rheumatology/38.6.572 pmid:10402081 fatcat:tdjheo5uzzh2xlj2cuttnmzlgi